IMEMC - PLO Considers Halting Security Coordination with Israel
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PLO Considers Halting Security Coordination with Israel
Tuesday February 28, 2012 11:50 by Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Yasser Abed Rabbo, Secretary of the Executive Committee of the
Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), announced Tuesday that the
Palestinian Authority is considering halting security coordination with
Israel in response to the ongoing settlement activity in the West Bank
and East Jerusalem.
Abed Rabbo told the London based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper that halting
security and economic coordination with Israel is now being discussed by
the Palestinian leadership as part of response measures to the ongoing
Israeli settlement construction, and the stalemate in the peace process.
“Everything is subject for reevaluation, but there is no final decision
made yet” Abed Rabbo stated.
The Palestinian-Israeli security and economic coordination was set
during the also accords of 1993. Recently Palestinian President, Mahmoud
Abbas, expressed dissatisfaction and frustration with Israeli plans to
build more settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
The Palestinians are demanding Israel to completely halt its settlement
activities before peace talks can be resumed; Israel refused what it
called the “Palestinian preconditions”, insisting on what it called
”it’s right to build”. The U.S. Administration tried to revive the talks
in 2010, but Israel refused to halt its settlement activities.
Last week, Israel announced it will be building 550 new homes in West
Bank and East Jerusalem settlements. There are half a million settlers
living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Settlements, their roads and Israeli military installations, including
its roadblocks, leave the state of Israel in control of the majority of
lands occupied in 1967 where Palestinians are planning their future state.